CNN reporter Jim Acosta referred to the deceased children of Angel Moms as having been “allegedly killed by undocumented immigrants.”
The reprehensible comment came as the mothers, who were attending Trump’s speech announcing a national emergency declaration at the border, appeared holding pictures of the children they had lost at the hands of illegal immigrants.
“We believe those are some of the Angel Moms that the president has talked so much about out on the campaign trail, at rallies and so on,” Acosta reported.
“These are parents of victims who were allegedly killed by undocumented immigrants,” he added. “The president likes to point to these folks who have been through some terrible experiences as evidence a wall is needed down at the border.”
Hey Jim – It’s not allegedly. Look at the pictures of their lost loved ones. It’s confirmed.
Watch: @Acosta, speaking from the Rose Garden of Angel Moms: “These are parents of victims who were allegedly killed by undocumented immigrants.”
In the past two years, illegal immigrants have been charged or convicted of 4,000 murders. Nothing “alleged” about it. pic.twitter.com/5oehafs81T
— John Cooper (@thejcoop) February 15, 2019
You Can Feel the Disdain Reporters Have For Angel Moms
Anchor Jim Sciutto repeated Acosta’s claim later in the broadcast.
He referred to the Angel Moms as “mothers who lost children,” but later erroneously pivoted and described them as “alleged to have lost children to undocumented immigrants in this country.”
It’s odd … Remember all those Rose Garden events Barack Obama held pertaining to his health-care law? Where people were shuffled in wearing lab coats? Did the media ever once refer to them as ‘alleged doctors’?
CNN’s intrepid reporters weren’t the only ones sneering at the Angel Moms.
Angel moms exit from West Wing with photos of their children. One reporter grumbles “oh boy.”
— Jon Miller (@MillerStream) February 15, 2019
No respect whatsoever.
Trump Fires Back
President Trump began taking questions after his announcement, eventually landing on Acosta who, for reasons unknown, still has press credentials.
The White House correspondent asked if the President was creating a myth of a national emergency at the border, citing dubious crime stats regarding illegal immigrants.
“There is a lot of Department of Homeland Security data that shows border crossings at a near-record low and shows undocumented immigrants committing crime at a lower level than native-bornn Americans,” Acosta asserted.
Two points of contention: First off, illegal immigrants commit crime at a 100 percent rate, hence the word ‘illegal.’
Second, there are actual studies that refute the media’s narrative on this matter.
The Crime Prevention Research Center, for example, reported that a study focused on Arizona found that “undocumented immigrants are at least 142% more likely to be convicted of a crime than other Arizonans” while they also “tend to commit more serious crimes and serve 10.5% longer sentences, more likely to be classified as dangerous, and 45% more likely to be gang members than U.S. citizens.”
That said, Trump opted to take Acosta down as only he can …
Trump spars with @CNN‘s Jim Acosta, who asks if POTUS is “concocting” a national emergency.
“Your question is a very political one, because you have an agenda. You are CNN. You are fake news.” pic.twitter.com/cz2rT9ckUD
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 15, 2019
The President scoffed at Acosta’s notion that the mothers who have lost their children through the actions of illegal immigrants don’t constitute a true national emergency.
“You don’t really believe that. Do you really believe that?” Trump exasperated.
When Acosta claimed he “believe(s) in facts and statistics,” two things he hasn’t had a firm grasp of in years, Trump blasted him even harder.
“Take a look at our federal prison population,” he said. “See how many of them percentage wise are illegal aliens. Just see. Go ahead and see. It’s a fake question.”
What else would you expect from Acosta?